Ever visited Chicago? Our Yay Dude account executive Peyton Stone recently visited some friends in the Windy City and shared his favorite things. Read up and let us know if it’s on your travel life list!
Peyton’s 48 Hours Recap and Fave Things:
Over the weekend, I decided to go visit an old roommate in his new home in Chicago. Since I had never been to Chicago, I was very excited to visit. Not only was I excited about exploring a new city, but also the chance to meet up with the rest of my old roommates from when we lived in Colorado. Never having been to a city of this size before, I couldn’t keep my eyes on any particular building. It seemed as if every building just continued going up into the sky. The sheer number of people walking around and going about their day also was an amazing sight to see. I was instantly in love with this city and the people in it.
Chicago Harbor system
Blue skies, big city
Infamous Wrigley Field
My favorite thing about Chicago was the food culture. I love all types of food, and, in my opinion, Chicago has some of the most diverse food out of any city I have visited. I tried all types of food from Cantonese and Nepalese to the classics such as pizza and hotdogs. Food is not the only thing diverse in Chicago, the people are as well. I had some great conversations with the people I met there. Not only did I meet new people from around the country, but also new people from around the world. Chicago is a great place for anyone looking to spice things up and try something new.
Chicago rests on 234 square miles of land. Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S. and is home to an estimated 2.7M residents. Chicago is comprised of 77 community areas. Chicago’s nicknames include: The Windy City, City of Big Shoulders, The Second City, The White City, and The City That Works.
Things to do:
Festivals and special events, tours, food and drink, museums, performing arts, music, nightlife, parks and outdoors, sporting events, and shopping.
Some of the many things Chicago is famous for are: Chicago-style hot dogs, Chicago-style (deep dish) pizza, Maxwell Street Polish Sausage, jazz music, and 1920s gangsters, for example Al Capone. Chicago is also known for architecture, for example the Sears Tower and museums. It is also known for its loyal sports fans – Chicago Cubs (baseball), Chicago Bears (football).
Best time of year to visit:
April through May and between September and October, when the temperatures are warm, a variety of festivals take place and crowds are more manageable.
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Sarah is the "Yay Dude" PR & Events Specialist. She studied Public Relations and Human Relations at The University of Oklahoma from 2018-2022. She also works as a youth & junior cheerleading coach. She is passionate about small business, building relationships, and connecting with others within the community. Some of her favorite things are spending time with family/friends, shopping local, and binge-watching reality TV shows.